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I would pay for a better inventory.... It would be awesome to sort inventory so that "worn most" came on top. Or the opposite - "never worn". Maybe some of my old stuff would come up high. I was wearing the same outfits more often when I was new.

Most of my newish clothes is worn once or twice. Only thing I can remember as a favourite, is my Bax boots and some Zaara jewelry. But a picture with that wouldn't be PG.

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Not surprising to those who know me closely, I am just a shorter version of my avatar. I don't own pants, neither does she. I wear the same style of clothing. I am a strawberry blonde. Though I haven't cut my hair in 16 years, most people don't know how long it really is because it's always done up in a fabulous vintage do. History is what I'm passionate about, especially how women lived their everyday lives, so it makes sense. To date, 96% (the number fluctuates depending on acquisitions) of my wardrobe is pre-1959 vintage (when your wardrobe is as big as mine, you have it fully catalogued), all collected from all over the world, arranged by era, time of day to be worn, and then region it'd be worn in. And yes, much of it is inspiration for what I sell in my store.

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This blue coat, in particular, has had quite a life. Pretty much all winter, you'll see me in it. I have other coats but I always fall back on this one when it's the coldest. It's been with me all over the world!

 

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This dress can be said to be a combination of styles I have. I wear it all around SL when working setting out vendors and whatnot. If I'm up in my workshop, actually designing, though, it's likely I'll be wearing portions of 5 different outfits, hehe, and a wooden prim attached to this or that.

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Ian Undercroft wrote:

Wow Mila, you must have to work hard to keep your look mid to early 20th century!

Hehe, it's not really about spending my life dedicated to my own wardrobe. And I keep it so organized that it's not really a chore to get dressed. The history of everyday living is just such a major passion of mine. Not to mention, how current philosophies contributed to historical events. Everyday life and philosophies of a given region really contribute to the major events, and I'm always fascinated in finding those connections.

 

Due to a rather interesting family history (not just 20th century, but back to Saxon days, and beyond) and upbringing (may my wonderful grandmothers find peace), I don't find it strange to wear dresses to carry out daily duties (one wears 'day dresses'  for daytime, not fancy ones; the dress above, for example, is a day dress) and it doesn't bother me to churn butter by hand. I feel kind of weird buying bread in the store, when I've been making it most of my life. :) And don't get me started on wearing pants. Since I don't even own any, the times I've tried, I actually walk funny.

It actually hasn't cost me that much to build up what I have. When you know what to look for, you tend to find pieces hidden in charity shops, that most would easily overlook. I find that I actually find enjoyment in my wardrobe, that I just wouldn't in a modern one. Each dress, each pair of garters, each skirt, I remember being on some trip, or being out having fun with a friend, when I found it.

I thoroughly enjoy the modesty of the clothing, to be sure. Aside from my figure being ideal for it, and the fascinating colors and patterns giving such a varied look from day to day, I actually love being a sort of living history book. Many people tend to view history as this distant thing, and have no real understanding of the fact that people lived and thought differently than they do. But, to understand how we got to where we are today can better help us decide on our paths for tomorrow. And in that, it's not just an understanding of major world events, but also the everyday men and women who were involved or witnessed them.

Plus, seamed nylon stockings are awesome.

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